An Interview With Cole August
Editor’s Note: Cole August, Tyler Sharp and Evan Black are three of the most influential—and private—men in the Chicago area. More than that, though, these three men are surrounded by rumors and speculation that under their respectable façades they hide secrets worthy of Chicago’s historic Outfit.
It’s no surprise, then, that these men rarely give interviews. This interview in conjunction with an upcoming gala fundraiser for the recently opened Edge Gallery is a rare treat, especially so since August, co-owner and artist, is being interviewed not by a reporter but by Black and Sharp themselves.
Tyler Sharp: Christ, man, so what are we supposed to do? Just jump into asking you questions? I don’t know how the hell you roped us into this.
Evan Black: He’s right. You wanted a decent interview, you should have lined up a professional reporter.
Cole August: I didn’t line it up—the magazine asked. And who the hell better to interview me than you two?
Tyler: Still seems like you’re putting a lot on the line. More than you usually do.
Cole: You guys know where to draw the line. And it’s for a good cause. Raise awareness for the fundraiser.
Evan: And Kat suggested it.
Cole: Yeah, she did. And get rid of that smirk, Tyler. I’m not the only one in this room who’s fallen for a woman.
Tyler: No, you definitely aren’t. But okay, let’s start there. We all know Kat—but I didn’t know she was interested in raising money to help expose underprivileged kids to the arts.
Cole: No, that’s my deal.
Evan: She’s involved because you’re involved?
Cole: Kind of a miracle, huh?
Evan: Yeah, but I’ve started to believe in that kind of miracle. But back up. Why is this your thing? Art? Underprivileged kids?
Cole: Used to be me. I mean, hell, Evan, you know that.
Evan: I do. You’re supposed to talk about it for the interview.
Cole: Fuck. Yeah. I know. When I agreed to this I didn’t think about how I’d be letting the world into my head. That’s not my deal, you know.
Cole: But I grew up in a shit hole. Didn’t really think there was a way out—you two know that. Gangs and drugs and all that shit. But after the camp—after I met you guys and Jahn—it started to get easier.
Evan: Howard Jahn? The entrepreneur.
Cole: That man was a lot more than that, and we all know it. But yeah. And then I got that scholarship to go study in Rome …
Tyler: It all fell together. Art helped you get your shit together, so you want to give back.
Cole: Not a bad way of putting it, man.
Evan: So tell us about the camp—yeah, I know. But just because we all know the deal, the point of an interview is to talk through it.
Cole: Scared straight camp. Great idea in theory, but I’m not too sure how well it succeeded in practice. And no, we’re not going there. The methods I use to run my business enterprises are off the table.
Tyler: Damn right.
Evan: The point is what happened at the camp. Not what happened later.
Cole: What happened? I met you two. Then we met Jahn. Hell, that changed everything. If I hadn’t met Jahn, I wouldn’t have met Angie, and if I hadn’t met Angie, I never would have met Katrina, since Kat latched onto Angie for a best friend. You two—and that camp—fuck, it changed my life. And I guess that means I owe that asshole of a judge a lot more than I can ever repay.
Tyler: You’re still talking about Kat.
Cole: Hell, yeah, I am. She’s a miracle, you know?
Tyler: Yeah, I do know. I think we all three do. But tell us how.
Cole: It’s an interview, man. I’m not getting into my personal shit, and I’m sure not getting into hers. But she’s amazing. Smart and sexy and she gets me. More than that, she sees me. All of me. And in a way no one else does or could. She’s it. She’s the one. And I love her. And that, guys, is as much as you’re going to get. Because for me, Kat is the beginning and the end. She’s everything, and every day I’m amazed that she’s mine.
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